MODELS - UNREAL WORLD:
Planning and dealing with the unpredictable
concerning the future should be based on good analysis no
matter if it is the purchase of stocks, the choice of a
company site or investments in infrastructure. Urban
and regional planning deal with medium to long-term developments
and decisions cannot be revised at any time without bigger
expenditures - it is a must to make decisions well considered.
To predisct future devlopments,
different kinds of models are used. The technical potentials
of stimulating the real world and forecasting future developments
have been improved. However, sometimes it happens that in
spite of the best analyses the world does not behave like
predicted by the underlying model. How can planning handle
such unpredictable events? Which models and methods are
used in other disciplines?
SOURCE: for public sector!? (Special
discussion regarding advantages and disadvantages of "freely"
software is a hot topic. Are open source products an interesting
and acceptable alternative to commercial products for public
sector? What are the advantages and disadvantages then?
What about the overall costs of different solutions? Is
it either-or, or is there a coexistence of licensed and
current tendencies even a threat to business and the well-functioning
of public administration? Which practical experiences do
already exist? Is the idea of open source only applicable
on software products?
The new face of ou cities
have been two recent developments, remarkably changing the
face of our cities. The invasion of trademarks and cameras
in the cityscape. Those developments appeared even stronger
than changes that Architecture and Urban planning were able
This invasion of trademarks transforms a city into a medium
for advertisements. Cameras generate an instance to control
and survey public space. Both tendencies influence the appearance
and impact of "public space".
Advertisements claim on the prestigous areas of spaces for
experience. Camera surveillance on the other hand illuminates
the subsurfaced and less prestigious places.